Tokimune Takeda – Aiki Kuden and Hiden

Daitokan Dojo-kun

“Daito-ryu Aiki-Budo Shugyo-kun (“training rules”)” Posted in the Daitokan dojo of Tokimune Takeda The training rules at Tokimune Takeda’s Daitokan dojo: The Dojo is a place of the spirit, we begin with courtesy and end with courtesy. The Way becomes profound, single-mindedly condition and train yourself – never give up. Pride is the beginning of inattention, … Continue reading Tokimune Takeda – Aiki Kuden and Hiden »

Solo Training for Kokyu-ryoku and Ki in Daito-ryu Aiki Budo

Daito-ryu Aiki Budo 118 Techniques

Daito-ryu Aiki Budo 118 Techniques (大東流合気武道百十八ヶ条) by Yoshihisa Ishibashi (石橋義久) Yoshihisa Ishibashi (石橋義久) was born in Tokyo in 1938 and started training in Daito Ryu at the Daitokan dojo in 1964, learning Aiki Budo and Ono Ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu directly from Sokaku Takeda’s son Tokimune Takeda. In 1969, together with Yoshimi Tomabechi (苫米地芳見) and Katsuyuki Kondo (近藤勝之), he … Continue reading Solo Training for Kokyu-ryoku and Ki in Daito-ryu Aiki Budo »

Interview with Yoshio Sugino of Katori Shinto-ryu, 1961

Yoshio Sugino and Toshiro Mifune

  Director Akira Kurosawa observes Yoshio Sugino and Toshiro Mifune on the set of “Yojimbo”, around 1961 Sometimes called “the Last Swordsman”, Yoshio Sugino (杉野嘉男 / 1904–1998) began his martial arts training in Kodokan Judo around 1918. Becoming dissatisfied with Judo he began to train in traditional Yoshin Koryu jujutsu. Around the same time, in 1927, he also … Continue reading Interview with Yoshio Sugino of Katori Shinto-ryu, 1961 »

Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 2

Morihei Ueshiba at the Noma Dojo

Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba at the Noma Dojo, around 1936  In 1938 the Prime Minister of Japan was Prince Fumimaro Konoe (近衛 文麿) – he was a patron of Morihei Ueshiba and served on the board of directors for Morihei Ueshiba’s pre-war Kobukai Foundation. In 1938, when he began training with Morihei Ueshiba at the Kobukan … Continue reading Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 2 »

Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 1

Technical Manual Budo, Page 38

Morihei Ueshiba’s Technical Manual “Budo” – published in 1938  1938 saw the continuation of the Japanese war in China, increased economic sanctions against Japan by the United States, and and the formation of the precursor to the “Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere” (大東亞共榮圏), the “New Order in East Asia” (東亜新秩序). It saw the passing of the National Mobilization … Continue reading Mr. Kimura’s Aikido Memories, Part 1 »